Ab Baars | Time To Do My Lions

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Time To Do My Lions

by Ab Baars

(...) His clarinet comes with a screech; his tenor saxophone solos have the lurch and logic of a drunk serenading a lamppost. For all that, Baars is no less a thoughtful and inquisitive fellow. - Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Day and Dream
6:14 $1.50
2. Time To Do My Lions
5:31 $1.50
3. Purple Petal
3:05 $1.50
4. 12 O'clock and All Is Well
5:19 $1.50
5. Nisshin Joma
3:28 $1.50
6. Gammer
3:59 $1.50
7. Ritratto Del Mare A Anzio
7:10 $1.50
8. Watazumi Doso
6:49 $1.50
9. The Rhythm Is In the Sound
4:44 $1.50
10. 730 Union Street
3:17 $1.50
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Album Notes
time to do my lions
Ab Baars solo
tenor sax clarinet shakuhachi

Day and Dream 6.08
Time to do my lions 5.26
Purple petal 3.00
12 o’clock and all is well 5.14
Nisshin joma 3.22
Gammer 3.45
Ritratto del mare a Anzio 7.06
Watazumi Doso 6.43
The rhythm is in the sound 4.38
730 Union Street 3.31

Total time 49:36

all compositions
Ab Baars
buma stemra

28-04 en 28-11 2008 Bimhuis Amsterdam
Guido Tichelman/Azazello

mixing & editing
Micha de Kanter | Mideka Music Recording
Ab Baars

liner notes
Ab Baars

Francesca Patella

John R Fowler (cover)
Francesca Patella

produced by
Ig Henneman

stichting wig
prinsengracht 1009'
1017 kn amsterdam
the netherlands


with support of the Performing Arts Fund

Anger is a bitter lock.
But you can turn it.
-Anne Carson

Time to do my lions is a series of portraits of people and places that are a source of inspiration to me.

Day and Dream is the title of a book of fifteen lithographs made by Max Beckmann in Amsterdam in 1946, at the close of his nearly decade-long period of exile from Germany.

Time to do my lions is a line from the poem Hokusai by Canadian poet Anne Carson. The poem talks about Hokusai, who by the end of his life began drawing a lion every morning to turn away anger; hoping for a peaceful day.

Purple petal – for saxophonist and composer Paul Termos (1952 – 2003), a master in making something beautiful out of seemingly barren material.

12 o’clock and all is well – for visual artist Eli Content – the title comes from his painting of a colourful starry sky.

Nisshin joma – daily charm against evil – the name of the collection of more then 200 drawings of lions Hokusai made by the end of his life.

Gammer – for Misha Mengelberg – the head and shoulders of Dutch improvised music. Gammer is an old Dutch word for stubborn, donkey-like.

Ritratto del mare a Anzio – for Ig Henneman – my partner in life and music. Anzio is a tiny fishing town south of Rome. Ig and I used to spend a few months a year there, working and enjoying Mediterranean life and light.

Watazumi Doso – in 2005, when playing in Japan for the first time and travelling around on my own, I bought a shakuhachi. Studying this instrument revealed a hidden world; it even changed my playing on tenor saxophone and clarinet. Watazumi Doso (1910-1992) is perhaps the most legendary of all modern shakuhachi players and teachers. A truly unique voice with an exceptional palette of colours, sounds, noises, whispers, breath.....

The rhythm is in the sound – for drummer Sunny Murray – I love his inspiring and swinging use of melody, dynamics and rhythm. The title is taken from an interview in which Sunny Murray talks about his playing.

730 Union Street is the Vancouver home address of shakuhachi player Takeo Yamashiro. In 2007 I took lessons with this great musician, every morning from 10 to 12 for a week. Turning the corner onto Union Street you could hear his playing from a block away. I would stand behind a tree in front of his house and listen to his playing before ringing the doorbell.

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